Independence Day will soon be here. Many families are planning picnics, family get togethers and and looking forward to a holiday week-end. But for thousands of military families, this holiday is an important reminder of the sacrifices that they and their loved ones are making to keep the rest of us safe. Here are a …[Read More]
When the mental health parity act passed in 2008, we all did a little victory dance. The new law meant improved and fairer coverage for those who use their benefits for mental and behavioral health treatments. At the American Psychological Association, we celebrated the victory, excited with what was accomplished. Parity isn’t just about money and care – it also helps eliminate the shame and stigma that many people feel when they get care for their emotional well-being.
We fathers have tremendous power to benefit our kids and partner. For instance, and according to the National Fatherhood Initiative, kids who are raised with fathers are less likely to abuse substances, to underachieve academically, to be defiant, to break laws, to be obese, to become pregnant and to experience a wide array of toxic stresses. However, the more experience I get as a dad, husband and psychologist, the more I look at all of this differently. I offer three insights and close with a link to a weekly exercise for you to do with your children.
We know Dads are important for many reasons, but they can serve a vital role in helping families become and stay healthy. This might seem like a given to those dads who have coached a tee-ball team or the ones who play outside with their kids.
But health goes beyond athletics and sports. Good health is overall well-being, which includes good nutrition, adequate activity and exercise, and good emotional, social, and intellectual skills.
Some children are not natural athletes, do not want to participate in organized sports and cringe at the word “exercise.” But there are ways to motivate your kids and teens to be more active and like it.